Police investigating tahfiz fire as mischief by fire and murder

KUALA LUMPUR: Following the arrest of seven youths in connection the deadly fire at the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school, police are investigating the case as mischief by fire and murder.

The youths aged between 11 and 18 will be remanded until Sept 22. The case will be investigated under Section 435 of the Penal Code for mischief by fire and Section 302 for murder.

Kuala Lumpur Police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh said that six of the seven teenagers arrested tested positive for ganja.

Amar said that the motive was believed to be from a misunderstanding due to teasing between the suspects and some of the tahfiz students several days before the fire.

"When the investigation was carried out, it was revealed that their motive was to burn the school. Their basic intent was to cause mischief by fire.

"But maybe because of their age, they didn't know that their actions would lead to the final result," he told a press conference on Saturday.

He also said that two of the youths also had police records - one for rioting and another for theft of a vehicle.

Amar said some of the youths are school leavers while others were schooling in the area. Police also seized clothes, helmets and a motorcycle from the suspects.

Amar added that investigations show that an accelerant was used and that two gas cylinders were moved from the lower floor of the school to the upper floor.

Amar also urged the public to stop the circulation of viral messages regarding the case.

"Stop this, because it will affect the investigation and the process in court," he said.

The 5.15 am fire at the tahfiz school resulted in the death of 21 students and two teachers. Six others students sustained injuries.








Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Next In Nation

Man who killed pet dog for a meal fined RM10,000
Singer Santesh Kumar lends voice to debate on death penalty
Reezal Merican: Sports should be colour-blind, actions of Johor school inappropriate
Dr Mah: School’s move to segregate sports racially not in line with Education Ministry aspirations
Dr Mah: 10% of teachers vaccinated against Covid-19
Covid-19: Five shuttlers test positive, Academy Badminton Malaysia shuts down
Durian trader claims cheated of over RM170,000 in investment scam
Fireworks worth over RM90,000 seized, three arrested in Senai
Tok Adis Ramadan bazaar ordered to close for violating SOP
Eight held over Raya-themed gambling ad

Stories You'll Enjoy